Paul applies the name of mediator to Jesus' role. According to modern definitions, a
mediator is a neutral party who facilitates negotiations between two or more disputants,
assists the disputants to arrive at a mutually acceptable agreement, controls the process to
ensure that negotiations take place in a balanced and fair manner, and ensures that each
party is given equal opportunity to speak and respond to the other. Mediators do not act
as legal council and do not give legal advice.
The picture painted of Jesus, the mediator between God and humankind, in the New
Thomas Willadsen Mary Austin Christopher Keating Dean Feldmeyer Ron Love George Reed Bethany Peerbolte
For January 20, 2018:
God Activates by Tom Willadsen — Perhaps God wants us to delight in each other and in the magnitude and depth of divine love. Perhaps the Lord wants to activate our gifts of the Spirit, to use them for the common good.
We are all intimately connected as one body in Jesus. Isaiah celebrates our intimate union with our creator, describing us as the joyful bride of God. Though there had been alienation and rejection from both sides in the past, the prophet describes us as God’s delight. That connection is also emphasized in Paul’s oddly graphic description of church folks as body parts — we need each other because we are not a living, breathing body if we are somehow separated.
When Jesus visited a wedding at Cana in Galilee, he showed that human disappointments matter to him and that he would be prepared to redeem them. This is a story about a young girl's bitter disappointment when she became a bridesmaid.